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Oil/Panel Canadian Attributed to J.E.H. MacDonald (1873-1932)Group of Seven qqoo

Oil/Panel Canadian Attributed to J.E.H. MacDonald (1873-1932)Group of Seven qqoo

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Oil/Panel Canadian Attributed to J.E.H. MacDonald(1873-1932)Group of Seven

Here is a beautiful example of Canadian Algonquin School painting attributed to James Edward Hervey MacDonald (May 12, 1873 – November 26, 1932).

This oil on millboard panel landscape depicts beautiful autumn day by the lake. The painting itself is measuring 8” (20 cm) by 10” (25 cm), and the frames is 20” (51 cm) by 22” (56 cm).

It looks like there is a “J.M” signature in the bottom left corner, or what actually remains of the signature. It is evident that at some point the painting was trimmed at two sides to fit a standard 8” by 10” frame. The fact that the painting remains compositionally very well balanced, as well as that the signature for the most part remains intact, (it is normally being put in the very corner) makes me believe that there was actually very little cut off. Most likely just half an inch on each side, so most certainly the original size of the panel was 8 ½” by 10 ½”.

What also can be noted on one of the uncut side is a prolonged in-paint pressed mark at the very edge, which I believe occurred from freshly painted work being placed in a field paint box with 8 ½” by 10 ½” compartments.

I gave the painting very light cleaning but I believe that it could benefit much from deeper cleaning, after which all of its true colors and sub-tones would be revealed.

I took a lot of close-up shots, so one can appreciate the complexity and precision of the brushwork of this at-first-glance seemingly simple work.

Here I collected some images of works by JEH MacDonald, that give us an idea of variations of his signatures as it appears on different paintings, as well as some good comparable to the one we have here.

I recently went to AGO specifically for the reason of comparing J.E.H. MacDonald’s signatures to the one on this painting and I found at least two other paintings by him in there that bear practically identical signatures to this one. I also showed the painting to the couple of professors specializing in Canadian art and its always hard to get anything concrete from these guys (understandably so) so the very best I could get on this was “I don’t see anything that would suggest this painting is not by JEH MacDonald, so it is very possible it was painted by him.” And from my experience this is a very encouraging statement.

James Edward Hervey MacDonald (1873-1932)

The painter J.E.H. (James Edward Hervey) MacDonald, a founding member of the Group of Seven, responded to the Canadian landscape with a sensitivity honed by his interest in the American writers Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. One of Canada's leading graphic designers and a popular art teacher, MacDonald was also a poet and calligrapher. His design work was strongly influenced by Arts and Crafts designers in England and Canada, especially William Morris.

The son of a cabinetmaker, MacDonald immigrated with his family to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1887. After apprenticing with a Toronto lithography company at the age of sixteen, he worked in commercial design for Grip Printing and Publishing Co. from around 1895 to 1903, at Carlton Studio in London from 1903 to 1907, and again at Grip Ltd. from 1907. MacDonald resigned in 1912 to paint full-time, but worked as a freelance designer until 1921. While an apprentice, MacDonald studied art under John Ireland and Arthur Heming at the Hamilton School of Art, and with G.A. Reid and William Cruikshank at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design (now the Ontario College of Art and Design). He was active in the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, and was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

MacDonald painted decorations for Dr. James MacCallum's cottage in Georgian Bay (1915) and St. Anne's Church, Toronto (1923). He worked up his paintings from sketches made on trips to Georgian Bay, northern Ontario, Algoma (1919 to 1922), and in the Rockies (1924 to 1930). From 1921 he taught at the Ontario College of Art, becoming Principal in 1929. MacDonald visited Barbados with his wife early in 1932 to recover from a stroke he had suffered the previous November.

This painting would be a very sound investment and a great addition to any collection.

Please don’t confuse our low starting bid or discounted price with the actual value of the piece.

Please note that most of the items we sell are vintage or antique, and therefore they have some imperfections due to age, wear, etc. Anything I consider significant I would mention in the description. I’m describing the items to the best of my knowledge, however please ask any verifying questions or additional photos prior to bidding.


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